Nominate your Yorkshire women of achievement

COURAGE: Charlotte Newman, winner of the Jane Tomlinson Award for Courage at the 2015 ceremony.

COURAGE: Charlotte Newman, winner of the Jane Tomlinson Award for Courage at the 2015 ceremony.

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Today Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice – in partnership with the Yorkshire Evening Post – begins its search for the county’s most inspirational women to receive honours at its annual Yorkshire Women of Achievement event.

And this year, the event to celebrate female achievement, celebrates its 30th anniversary.

The award categories include Business, Education, Sport, Young Achiever of the Year, the Jane Tomlinson Award for Courage and the Community Impact Award.

Charlotte Newman was last year’s winner of the Jane Tomlinson Award for Courage, presented to women who have shown courage or determination in the face of adversity or personal difficulties.

In 2011, Charlotte was in her final year reading Law at the University of Leeds when she was told she had a rare form of cancer of the bone and soft tissue. But she was determined to battle her way back to health. She finished her studies with a first class honours degree.

Sue Ryder’s Women of Achievement Awards are one of Yorkshire’s most celebrated regional events. Each year, the charity spends £9m on providing vital care for people with 
incurable diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s, and heart disease.

Funding in Yorkshire supports Sue Ryder’s Wheatfields Hospice, Manorlands Hospice, Holme Hall and community care services across the region.

This year’s Women of Achievement event takes place at New Dock Hall, the Royal Armouries, Leeds, on Friday, May 20. Nominations close on Monday, May 2.

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